Our Team

We are founders by founders. Our team has built or sold businesses that combine for an excess of $1 billion, and also manage or have access to funds over $10 billion.

Managing Partners

Our managing partners are the glue that connects our partners, experts, investors, customers and talent to you. We ensure you meet the right people, at the right time, with the right pitch.

Brendan Holt Dunn

Brendan is an investment guru who has close to 15 years in managing multi-billion dollar asset portfolios. He is currently the CEO of Holdun, a 5th generation family business which offers family office services, wealth management services, trust services, corporate services, concierge services and financial services and was awarded best Multi-Family Office in the Caribbean 2017 for Holdun Family Office. A tech savvy investor, he has made many investments in startups including Stradigi AI, Addepar, Uber, LeAD Sports Accelerator, Sway Ventures, and Falcon 5. He has accumulated five finance and investment certificates to compliment his finance degree from King’s University College. He’s considered by entrepreneurs to be founder friendly.

Jan Christopher Arp

Jan is a fintech evangelist, passionate about improving society through finance and technology. He founded FormFintech that supports or has formed over 100 fintech startups. Prior to this, he worked as Head of Finance at District 3, helping 20 early stage teams raise more than $15 million, and was Head of Finance at bus.com, helping it from incorporation to Series A. He also worked as a consultant for billion dollar infrastructure projects on behalf of banks. He holds an MBA from HEC, a finance degree from Ottawa University, and passed II levels of the CFA.

Directors

Our partners are well established, well connected, experienced entrepreneurs and professionals that are passionate about helping our next generation of fintech entrepreneurs.

Stuart Holt Dunn

Stuart is a self-made entrepreneur and investor, with over 35 years of experience in Money Management. Mr. Dunn has founded several investment firms that include Gryphon Investment Council, Bladon Securities, Holdun Investments and Holdun Asset Management. He is currently the President of Holdun. He continues to give back graciously through foundations and charitable boards such as the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, The LakeField College School Foundation, and the Lyford Cay Canadian Foundation.

Peter Holt Dunn

A man of the people, Peter has acquired over 25 years as a public servant. He previously worked on behalf of the Quebec Government, providing representation across Canada (i.e. Toronto, Alberta, and within British Columbia), but also in New York. He now acts as Chairman for Holdun Investments Inc. In his spare time, he serves as trustee of Lakefield College School, Bishop’s University Foundation, and the Canadian Friends of the University of the Bahamas. He earned a Master of Arts from the University of Toulouse, and a degree in Arts from Bishop’s.

Maggie Dunphy

Maggie Dunphy is CFO of Holdun Family Office Canada and Director of Holt Accelerator, both a division of Holdun.  She brings over 25 years of experience in wealth management and securities legislation.

Prior to joining Holdun Family Office Canada, Ms. Dunphy began her career with Integra Capital Management in Toronto. In 1993, she joined Gryphon Investment Counsel as a trader.

In 1995, together with Stuart Dunn, great-grandson of Canada’s Sir Herbert Holt, Maggie Dunphy left Gryphon Investment Counsel to join Holdun Family Office as CFO of the Canadian division. In 2017, Holt Accelerator was born and is one of the newest additions to the Holdun family of companies.

Basil Bouraropoulos

Mr. Bouraropoulos is an accomplished executive with nearly two decades experience as a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and CEO of Stradigi AI, one of Canada’s largest applied AI solutions providers. He received his first big entrepreneurial break at age 24 and later on, decided to pay it forward by supporting and investing in the next generation of Canadian startups. By practising respect, trust and loyalty, he has developed successful relationships with leading experts from all different industries and worked on multiple partnerships and joint ventures with worldwide organizations. As a result, he has built a significant network of partners and advisors, which have have allowed him to propel his international clients to the next level. His main motivation is clear: to develop cutting-edge AI solutions that can change the human experience and impact the world in a positive way.

Current Advisors

We’ve hand-picked the best advisors with backgrounds in serial entrepreneurship, angel investing and venture capital, government and regulation. This ensures we can get you the right answers and network at a moment’s notice.

Michael Cegelski

Managing Partner
Panache Ventures

Damien Steel

Managing Partner
OMERS Ventures

Richard Bordeleau

President
Fonds Innovexport

Elisabeth Laett

VP, Business Development
Exagens

Sandi Gilbert

Founder & Chair, SeedUps
NACO

Shahir Guindi

Co-Chair
Osler

Jean-Marc Rousseau

Director of Tech Transfer
IVADO

Carolina Bessega

Chief Scientific Officer
Stradigi AI

Curtis Gavura

COO
Stradigi AI

Ben Tuff

Managing Partner
BDG

Whitney Dunn

Counsel
Department of Justice Canada

Lawrence Wosskow

CEO
Wilson LLC

Gian Carlo Di Tommaso

COO
Tracktik

Edmond Eldebs

VP Revenues
Alliances Porter Airlines

Maor Amar

Managing Partner
Impression Ventures

Pascal Lefrancois

President
Inovestor

Claudio Rojas

Managing Director
Hurt Capital Inc.

Avinash Sarwal

Director of Investments
Joddes Limited

Casey Antolak

Vice President
Scotiabank

Alex Barrett

Analyst
iNovia

Jeff Erickson

VP, Corporate Services & CFO
Canadian Credit Union Association

Alex Moore

Partner
8VC

Bhaskar Ghosh

Partner & CTO
8VC

Demarcus Williams

Director
Silicon Valley Bank

Christoph Sonnen

Managing Partner
LeAD Sports Accelerator

Nik Van Haeren

President
EnerWorks & Uvalux

Janos Barberis

Founder
SuperChargerFinTech Accelerator

Donald McGowan

Founder, CEO & CIO
Undiscovered Ventures

Lauren Epstein

Associate
OMERS Ventures

Mark Maclean

Senior Director
Montreal International

Peggy Van de Plassche

General Manager
Roar VC

Italo Voso

Portfolio Manager, Executive Council
CIBC

Laviva Mazhar

Investment Analyst
FinTech Fund

Manuel Morales

Chief AI Advisor
Bank National

Vincent Gauthier

Co-Founder
Catallaxy

Amelia Young

Head, Wealth Digital Partnerships
BMO Partners

Alexandre Velut

Founder & CEO
INVYO

Pierre-Luc Mongeau

Strategic Advisor/Innovation & Digital Strategy
Desjardins

Richard Lavina

Co-Founder & CEO
Tickmark, Inc.

Leonard Brody

President
Clarity Digital

Ricardo Vidal

Awarded FinTech Influencer
& Start-up Product Executive

Alex Tong

Associate
Information Venture Partners

Dave Unsworth

Co-Founder & General Partner
Information Venture Partners

Marko Jelavic

Associate
Ferst Capital Partners

Gregory Brown

Head, Digital Sales North America
BMO Financial Group

Catherine Oldham

VP, Marketing
Aviva Canada

Mike Lee

President
Fundica

Kristy Duncan

Founder & CEO
Women in Payments

Doyle Buehler

Digital Business Transformation Engineer, CEO, Author

Jeremy Altman

VP Strategic Partnerships
Paysafe Group

Hicham Ratnani

COO & Co-Founder
Frank And Oak

Inka Bari

Business Insights/Data/Analytics
Royal Bank of Canada

Benjamin Lesage

Senior Strategic Analyst
L’Atelier BNP Paribas

Eleonore Jarry

Investment Associate
Brightspark Ventures

Sue Britton

CEO & Founder
FinTech Growth Syndicate

Jean-David Begin

Growth Advisor and Angel Investor
Traction Ventures

Robert Levesque

Investment Director
Fondaction

David Nault

General Partner
Luge Capital

Vivek Chandra

FinTech Mentor and Advisor
The BlockchainHub and Futurpreneur Canada

Marc Alloul

Co-Founder & President
Budgeto

Jonathan Fichman

Managing Director
C-Anax Ventures & Advisory

Henry Long

Senior Investment Officer
Department for International Trade

Brian Yee

Head of Product Management
Rangle.io

Mohan Markandaier

Managing Partner
Good News Ventures

Yves-Gabriel Leboeuf

Founder & CEO
Flinks

Karim E. Chajid

Chief Advisor, Strategic Alliances & Partnerships
National Bank of Canada

Patrick White

Managing Director
L-Spark

Alexandre Hovette

Managing Partner
Chappuis Halder & Co.

David Sciacca

Chief Operating Officer
Lift Session

Dylan Weening

Associate
Sway Ventures

Jeff Ransdell

Founding Partner & Managing Director
Rokk3r Fuel

Leif-Erik Hvide

Founding Partner & CIO
Rokk3r

Nabyl Charania

Co-Founder / CEO / General Partner
Rokk3r

Damien Lefebvre

President, MTL | Executive VP, North America
Valtech

Laurent Féral-Pierssens

Co-Founder and Partner
Inception Block Ventures

Dominique Ferst

Managing Partner
Ferst Capital Partners Inc.

Philippe Daoust

Vice-President | Managing Director
National Bank of Canada

David Shore

Director, Canada
OurCrowd

Henri Dolino

Corporate Strategy | Digital Transformation Executive

Brian Leiberman

COO
MLG Blockchain Consulting

Sergio A. Escobar

Partner
BCF Ventures

Jillian Friedman

Leader, Blockchain Solutions
National Bank of Canada

Oded Salomy

CEO & Fintech Advisor
Fintivity

Christian Lawless

Managing Partner
Conversion Capital LLC

Hafiz Vellani

Executive Consultant
Main Entre Incorporated

Ben Letalik

Innovation and Ventures
TD

Cole Riccardi

Aquiline Technology Growth
Aquiline Capital Partners

Eric Morin

Senior Advisor Desjardins Lab
VP at Flinks

Philippe Frizon

Strategy and Transformation Executive
Consultant

Alex Guertin

Principal
Kensington Capital

Sen Sachi

Director, Accelerator Programs
The DMZ

Richard Chénier

Director Générale
Centech Montreal

JP Bray

Managing Partner
InnoStart Capital

Joanne Fedeyko

CEO
Connection Silicone Valley

Eric Laflamme

Managing Director, Innovation Banking
CIBC Quebec Region

Noor Elhuda El Bawab

Managing Director
District 3

Jeff Hindle

Managing Director, Fintech and Commerce
MaRS Discovery District

Roy Kao

Senior Advisor, MaRS Fintech
MaRS Discovery District

Francois Cote

Chief Digital and Strategy Officer
Fairstone

Milad Alucozai

Venture Capitalist | Founding Partner
Good AI Capital

Nicolas Jacques-Bouchard

Principal
Panache Ventures

David Dufresne

Partner
Panache Ventures

Darwin Ling

Founder and General Partner
Good AI Capital

Wayne Miller

Managing Director | Fintech Accelerator
The Venture Center

Cuong Nguyen

Software Development & Technology
Consultant

Brad Wing

VP Partnerships & Platform
SweetIQ Analytics Corp.

Founding Partners

Official Partners